Storming the wall


A photo of East Berliners storming the Berlin Wall stands next to an a couple of old fragments of the Wall in the courtyard of the Pankow Museum. I just finished reading Anna Funder's book Stasiland. If you are interested in that period of history, it is an excellent read. Funder describes her personal interviews with both victims and collaborators of the DDR regime. The result is book of stories that will draw you in; I could hardly put it down.


Here's a better look at the photo. I can hardly imagine how these people felt. I wonder where they are today?

It's Monday again and you can get your weekly mural fix at Monday Mural.

25 comments:

  1. I agree. It's a real eye-opener.

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  2. It is historically important, I can see, but it isn't very appealing to the eye.

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  3. I too wonder where the people may be today.

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  4. Fascinating times in a fascinating city!








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  5. This is very eye-catching!!!

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  6. This is my neighborhood. I think about these people and scenes like this every time I see someone on the street who looks older than sixty.

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  7. Great mural! Thank you for sharing with us. Have a nice week!

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  8. Yes that were the days to say it with Archie Bunker. Nice.

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  9. An important time for European history..... I actually met a woman from DDR on one of the beaches here some years back. She did not speak English ( Well she spoke Russian, but that was not much help.) She told me about life than and now. ( My German teacher from school days would have been impressed with me..... ) She told me that she had read the papers about her and her two sons.... everything about who she met, what time they arrived and left etc. A neighbour living in the same block of flats had followed all of her movements for years. She was still feeling now living in the western part of Germany.... that this strange neighbour was watching her from time to time.

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    1. A few of the people interviewed for Stasiland also had a similar experience. Even though they finally had freedom, they still didn't feel free. They felt like someone was still watching them... a very sad phenomenon of living in a totalitarian state like the DDR.

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  10. It is a wonderful mural and thanks for the book recommendation. Will look for it today. I, too, am interested in that period of history. Gunn's anecdote was quite chilling.

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  11. Booked my flight to Berlin yesterday so I am adding this to my list.

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  12. I find this mural very powerful. I am fascinated about that time in history so will add Stasiland to my my-must-read list.

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  13. This is a great moment in history. I wasn't there personally, but my cousin was; and, he told us all how elating it was.
    He brought a piece of the wall back, with Reich seal on it.

    Beautiful art installation!

    Have a Wonderful Week!
    Peace :)

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  14. I think I would enjoy reading that book. I'll look for it.

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  15. What a strong message. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  16. This is a great mural telling an interesting story.

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  17. I will go and buy the book - seems like an interesting read. Those were interesting(!) times...

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  18. There's a section of the Wall here at the War Museum. Looking at it, it really wasn't that thick.

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  19. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  20. Interesting pictures both yours and the one on the wall of probably the most important event in modern history...

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  21. It seems a long time ago...

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